Waiting for Robert Capa
Artists, Jews, nonconformists, exiles. Gerta Pohorylle meets AndrÉ Friedmann in Paris in 1935 and is drawn to his fierce dedication to justice, journalism, and the art of photography. Assuming new names, Gerda Taro and Robert Capa travel together to Spain, Europe’s most harrowing war zone, to document the rapidly intensifying turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. In the midst of the peril and chaos of brutal conflict, a romance for the ages is born, marked by passion and recklessness . . . until tragedy intervenes.
Product description from Amazon.
I don’t generally post a synopsis of a novel that is not my own, but I had such trouble with this book that I couldn’t really write a cohesive synopsis. I went into this book expecting to enjoy it, and the storyline was not what I had problems with. It was the writing style. I hated it. There was absolutely no streamlining–it was too fluid, as if the author was just rambling. There was really no plot, but instead just a bunch of jumping to and fro. I kept reminding myself “tragedy . . . there is a tragedy coming. Just hang on, it’s sure to be good.” But even the promise of a good tragedy couldn’t keep me going. I finally admitted defeat at page 71. I would have given up defeat earlier but the fact that I had agreed to participate on the tour made me want to push through it.
I am definitely interested in reading other reviews on this one, to see whether I am alone in my reaction.
About Susana Fortes
Susana Fortes graduated in Geography and History at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, and in American History from the Universidad de Barcelona. She has recently spent time in the USA, combining teaching Spanish in Louisiana and participating in university conferences at the Universidad Interestatal de San Francisco. She currently teaches at a secondary school in Valencia. She has won many awards, including the 1994 Premio Nuevos Narradores, the Premio Primavera, the Premio de la Crítica, and, for Waiting for Robert Capa, the Premio Fernando Lara 2009. Her novels have been translated into almost twenty languages. She is a regular contributor to EL PAIS, as well as various cinema and literature magazines.
Susana’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, September 27th: nomadreader
Wednesday, September 28th: Life In Review
Thursday, September 29th: Books Like Breathing
Friday, September 30th: Reviews By Lola
Monday, October 3rd: Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, October 4th: Rundpinne
Wednesday, October 5th: Life is Short. Read Fast.
Thursday, October 6th: StephTheBookworm
Tuesday, October 11th: Lit and Life
Wednesday, October 12th: Alison’s Book Marks
Tuesday, October 18th: Lit Endeavors
Thursday, October 20th: In the Next Room